Congratulations, 2018 Big Bang! Semifinalists
We are happy to announce our 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition semifinalists. These 15 teams have been selected from the 62 teams—representing more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs—that participated in this year’s contest. They will compete in the semifinals May 16.
WHAT IS THE BIG BANG! BUSINESS COMPETITION?
Six of the teams—40 percent of the finalists, noted with an asterisk following their team name—also participated in the Little Bang! Poster Competitions held in December 2017 and January of this year, applying what they learned in this entry-level competition to compete in the Big Bang! Of these teams, three are led by undergraduate students.
All semifinalists are eligible to win the 2018 Big Bang! sponsored prizes. The five finalist teams—which will be named on May 21, after final judging on May 18—are also eligible for the First Place, Second Place and People’s Choice Award. Learn more about the Big Bang! prizes >
Please join us for the Big Bang! Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony on May 24.
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Team lead: Martha Montoya | Board Member, California Department of Food and Agriculture; CEO, Superfood Organic Sustainable Syrups; President, AGTools
Mini-Pitch: Real time algorithm data to offset volatility
Team Lead: Denise Bronner, UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholar and Business Development Fellow
Mini-Pitch: All-natural barley grain snacks for all
Team Lead: Bratzo Basagoitia, Environmental Services Professional; Founder/CEO, Cafe Secret
Mini-Pitch: Craft Peruvian sustainable syrups for food/beverage market
Team Lead: Tony J. Simon, Ph.D., Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis MIND Institute
Mini-Pitch: Digital medicines for impaired brain function
Team Lead: Nicolle Ma | B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Human Biology and M.S. in Biology, UC San Diego
Mini-Pitch: Phototherapy for developing world newborns with jaundice
Team Lead: Brent Marriott | B.S., Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis and Mechanical Engineer, DMG MORI USA
Mini-Pitch: Automated quotation service for configurable fabricated parts
Team Lead: Tanner Jolly | B.S., Materials Engineering, California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo
Mini-Pitch: Sustainable building insulation derived from natural fibers
Team Lead: Allison Hsia | Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering and Leaders for the Future Fellow, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Device to prevent overuse injuries in athletes
Team Lead: Jeffrey Lu | Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Military/civilian Portable Trauma Coagulation Monitoring
Team Lead: Mathew Magno | B.S. Computer Science, UC Davis ; Co-Founder/Director, Plasma at UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Smart parking system that delivers real-time availability
Team Lead: Lanwei Su | MFA, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Fashion as protection against air pollution
Team Lead: Michael Urner | B.S., Molecular Biology, UC Merced; CFO, BEAT Inc.
Mini-Pitch: Preventing pathogen growth in hospitals
Team Lead: Eric Chiang | Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering/Computational Biology Focus, Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Pitch: B2B medtech venture selling corneal transplant devices
Team Lead: Vishesh Khetan | Undergraduate Student, Economics and Management, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Connecting international high-school students to college students
Team Lead: Matthew Gold | B.S., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: We detect heart attacks in minutes